Understanding why a child might need physiotherapy can be key to determining whether your child is in need of some extra support. Without this knowledge, your child may continue to struggle with the physical effects caused by genetic, developmental, orthopaedic or neurological conditions. Therapy Stars are here to explain exactly why a child would need physiotherapy as well as how physiotherapy can change a child’s lifestyle.
So, why would a child need physiotherapy? Genetic, orthopaedic, and neurological conditions are examples of areas in which a child may require expertise from qualified child physiotherapists to help make improvements. You may also just be concerned that your child is not moving or developing as you feel they should be but either way a physiotherapy appointment can help.
Keep reading to find out more about the signs that suggest your child may require physiotherapy, including how to choose an appropriate child physiotherapist.
Why Would a Child Need Physiotherapy?
There are many different reasons why a child might need physiotherapy treatment, and it is largely based on their individual needs and medical conditions. Being aware of these reasons can help to identify whether your child is suffering and can help you to start their journey on improving their lifestyle. Below we have detailed the main reasons why a child would need physiotherapy to make it easier for you as parents.
It is highly likely that your child will experience tumbles and falls throughout their childhood, which may sometimes result in injuries. On some occasions, these injuries can be quite serious and result in fractures or sprains, which may have an effect on their ability to engage in physical activities. Your child may also be born with particular musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, which can also affect the way they move and cause them a lot of pain.
Injuries such as fractures and conditions such as scoliosis, gait abnormalities and juvenile arthritis are examples of why your child could benefit from physiotherapy treatments. These types of issues can cause restrictions to how your child can perform certain activities such as walking, crawling or climbing, and often result in pain. Therefore, scheduling regular physiotherapy sessions can help them to develop strength and flexibility through physiotherapy exercises which can improve their independence within these activities.
Other examples of musculoskeletal conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:
A neurological condition such as Cerebral Palsy is another example of why your child may need physiotherapy. Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that affects children for life and can influence their motor skill development, resulting in them struggling to function freely. Some of the main symptoms of this condition include weakness of limbs, changes in muscle tone, delays in reaching developmental milestones, clumsy movements, and walking on tiptoes.
A lot of these symptoms can cause pain or restrictions to the way a child can move as well as affect their development. Engaging in regular physiotherapy sessions can help to manage the symptoms of cerebral palsy and maximise their potential for moving independently.
Other examples of neurological conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:
Another reason why your child might need physiotherapy is due to them experiencing Developmental Delay, which causes children to have delays in their motor functions. Reports show that roughly 17% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 develop one or more development issues. There can be many reasons for not reaching these milestones such as premature birth, problems within pregnancy, autism, and even genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome. However, sometimes it can just be due to weakness or tightness in certain areas of the body.
Physiotherapy exercises can help a child with developmental delays to strengthen areas of their body and learn how to move in different ways in order to improve their function, movement and independence. With expertise and guidance from qualified children’s physiotherapists, a child with gross motor development delays can begin to progress with their ability to perform certain activities where they would have not been able to independently. We can also advise parents regarding purposeful play and how to encourage their child to complete activities that promote positive movement patterns.
Other examples of developmental conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:
Genetic conditions are another reason why children may require support from qualified physiotherapists. One of the main genetic conditions that can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to function independently is Down’s Syndrome. This is due to its various symptoms including heart problems and the reduced ability to use thinking and learning skills. As a result, children with Down’s Syndrome tend to experience muscle weakness, joint pain and Developmental Delay.
Specialist physiotherapy exercises can help children with Down’s Syndrome to improve their overall core stability and joint mobility. This can make a significant difference to their independence and provide them with a better quality of life. Furthermore, regular physiotherapy sessions can also help these children to work towards their developmental milestones such as walking without any support.
Other examples of genetic conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:
How Can Physiotherapy Change a Child’s Lifestyle?
Physiotherapy can help to change and improve a child’s lifestyle in many ways depending on the severity of their issues. From reaching their next milestone to improving the strength in a weakened limb, specialised physiotherapy treatments can dramatically improve a child’s overall wellbeing, when physiotherapy is regularly attended.
For children with Developmental Delay, physiotherapy can help to improve how effectively children can manage everyday tasks such as walking, balancing, and even in fine motor tasks such as writing. Through specialised and bespoke treatment, children can slowly but surely learn how to develop their areas of weakness and achieve their milestones. Not only will this improve a child’s life physically, but it will also improve their mental well-being because they will have proven to themselves that they can achieve something significant.
For children with autism, physiotherapy can improve a child’s lifestyle in a multitude of different areas. Often people with autism struggle with coordination, balance, hand dexterity and core strength. Whilst these areas might seem simple to improve for other children, children with autism can find this quite overwhelming and confusing.
With the use of qualified children’s physiotherapists, specific activities and exercises can be designed to help a child with autism cope whilst improving their physical weaknesses. This can change a child’s lifestyle by improving their ability to engage socially by being able to climb up a ladder at a park or even bounce on a trampoline.
Simple physical changes can make a huge difference to the lifestyle that a child with autism lives in and makes physiotherapy worth the time and effort. Similarly, children with other conditions such as Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Dyspraxia can experience comparable benefits too.
What Criteria Needs to be Met for Children to Receive Our Physiotherapy?
Often it can be quite difficult to get your child physiotherapy treatment on the NHS due to long waiting lists and specific criteria that must be met. What’s more, the NHS can only provide so many appointments and you may find that with more regular appointments, your child will improve their physical ability a lot faster. That is why it can sometimes be easier to seek private physiotherapy treatments for your child.
Here at Therapy Stars we have a set of questions that we ask you to consider before you request a consultation with one of our qualified children’s physiotherapists. These questions are designed to help you determine whether a private physiotherapy appointment is the right next step for your child.
- Does your child require physiotherapy to complement their current NHS treatment?
- Is your child awaiting a physiotherapy appointment, but you would like them to be seen straight away?
- Is your baby/child not meeting their developmental milestones, such as rolling, sitting or walking?
- Have you got concerns about your baby/child’s development?
- Has your child got an injury or medical condition that may require physiotherapy?
- Are you looking for Intensive Physiotherapy sessions for your child?
If you find that your answers to any of these questions are yes, then we would encourage you to join us on a complimentary call to discuss your child’s conditions and needs further.
Children’s Physiotherapy Services with Therapy Stars
Therapy Stars offers a variety of services to meet all of our client’s needs. We have a fully-equipped Physiotherapy clinic just outside Wrexham where our team of qualified physiotherapists offer bespoke treatment to each client based on their unique requirements.
With a range of long and short-term packages of Physiotherapy depending on your child’s requirements, why not book a free consultation call today to find out some more.